Storage terminals in and around the area affected by Tropical Storm Harvey have started their clean-up operations.

Port of Corpus Christi Authority said the hurricane significantly impacted the entire Texas gulf coast with the petroleum refining centers of Corpus Christi, Houston, Port Arthur, Beaumont, and Lake Charles Louisiana either completely shutdown or significantly scaled back operations.

“As Corpus Christi was the location where Hurricane Harvey came ashore, the damages to the Corpus Christi refining center was impacted mainly with loss of power.  Nearly 100% of power to the refiners has been restored and the Corpus Christi refineries are ramping up operations in an effort to serve the rest of the Texas first responders and consumer needs.  Petroleum pipelines to Corpus Christi must start moving product through the Port onto deep draft vessels so the refining center can ramp up to full operations.”

On Saturday (September 2nd) Phillips 66 said it was preparing to resume operations at its Sweeny refinery as well as its Beaumont terminal in Texas. The refiner was assessing the condition of its affected facilities to make repairs and other preparations.

On Sunday (September 3rd) ExxonMobil said: “We are making progress on restart activities at ExxonMobil’s Baytown complex, which was spared significant damage from Harvey. Timing on a return to normal operations will depend largely on the availability and condition of transportation infrastructure. We are working with the Port of Houston to expedite vessels through the Houston Ship Channel, and we are coordinating with railroads to help facilitate necessary repairs. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has made significant progress in restarting lines in the area to help move supplies of gasoline and diesel to customers.”

Crestwood Equity Partners has announced that it will donate $125,000 to support the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in Southeast Texas. The donation will earmark $100,000 to the Red Cross of Greater Houston and $25,000 for the relief effort in Matagorda County. In addition, Crestwood will match employee donations up to $2,500 through its employee matching gift program.

5th Sept 2017

5th September 2017